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  1 Asharoken Avenue
  Asharoken, NY 11768
  (631) 261-7098
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Final 2017 Yard Debris Pickup is Tuesday, November 7.

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Bald Eagle Visits Asharoken

Bald Eagle Visits Asharoken
 
Sinkhole repair completed
 
Asharoken Mayor Greg Letica, an avid bird-watcher, captured these images of a Bald Eagle on Saturday October 14 on Asharoken's sound-side beach. Letica initially spotted the bird sitting on the sand in front of Pam Pierce's home, eating a just-caught fish. After finishing its breakfast, the eagle soared off majestically.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

Mayor Letica & Officer Josephson
 
Mayor Letica & Officer Josephson

Octrober 6, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

The Village has concluded contract negotiations with the Asharoken PBA. At the October 3 meeting the Board of Trustees authorized the Mayor to sign the new four year contract. I would like to thank the PBA negotiating team for a very professional and respectful approach during our meetings. I was ably assisted in the discussions by Deputy Mayor Pierce.

The contract calls for a 2% per year pay increase for officers presently employed by the department. The salary for new full-time officers hired during the 4 years of the contract will remain the same as it was in the previous 5 years. A clause was added to continue health insurance at the Village’s cost for the family of an officer who passes away while employed by the Village. This is a standard item found in most police contracts. The Village agreed to this addition because of the salary freeze for new full time officers. Small changes were made to the cleaning and clothing allowance, step raises for the part time officers and the addition of parent’s in law for bereavement days.

I believe that this is a fair contract for both the Village and the PBA. The new contract will control long term costs and assure that Asharoken will continue to have the excellent PD for many years to come.

Yellowbreasted Chat
 
Yellowbreasted Chat
This time of the year is really special in Asharoken. Warm days, the crystal-clear sound and bay, and the glorious moon rising over the water confirm just how lucky we are to live here. It has been great to see an enormous number of Monarch butterflies in the Village once again. They have been scarce for the last couple of years.

On Sunday, Linda and I were lucky enough to spot a Bald Eagle flying over the Duck Island Causeway and during the week I found a Yellowbreasted Chat, which is the 175th bird species on the Asharoken all-time list. I hope everyone gets a chance to get outdoors and enjoy the lovely fall we are having.

Have a great weekend and Happy Columbus Day,
Mayor Greg Letica
2017 Coastal Cleanup a Huge Success


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On September 23, Asharoken sponsored its 8th annual Coastal Cleanup in conjunction with the American Littoral Society and the International Ocean Conservancy. Approximately 200 dedicated trash warriors showed up to clean up all the debri found on our local shores. Village residents and local residents alike took part. Students from local Northport schools and many scouts came out in force to make a statement about the harm trash causes to our waters and marine life.

The cleanup committee wants to thank The Town of Huntington for donating the dumpster. Thank you also to Mayor Letica, Village Clerk Rittenhouse, Deputy Mayor Pierce and resident Tracy Aboff for all stepping up to the task of helping out.

It's too early to estimate our total trash collected, but our volunteers did a great job filling the dumpster. Last year alone the NY Coastal Cleanup cleared over 67,000 pounds of trash from New York shores and waters. Committee members Cathy Zimmermann and Deb Masterson are always very grateful to be a part of this event and wish to thank everyone who cares about a better environment.
Sign Up for Emergency Notifications

The Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification system. Suffolk Emergency Managers and Public Safety Officials will use this system to contact Suffolk Residents in the event of an actual or impending emergency. Examples include evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, "boil water" notices, and missing child reports.

The CodeRED emergency notification system is a high-speed mass notification service that allows the Suffolk Emergency Managers and Public Safety Officials to deliver customized messages directly to Suffolk County homes and business. The CodeRED system also sends out high-speed emails and text messages to those residents who have enrolled additional contact information.

The CodeRED system allows Suffolk Emergency Managers and Public Safety Officials to send notifications to specific geographic areas, so only those residents in the affected area of the alert will receive the notification. The system allows Suffolk officials to send notifications to predefined geographic areas such as villages, townships or zip codes.
LEGAL NOTICE: ZBA Public Hearing:
October 24

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:30pm the Asharoken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at Village Hall to consider two applications. Click here to read the full legal notice.
LEGAL NOTICE: Environmental Review Board Meeting
October 30

The Asharoken Environmental Review Board (ERB) will hold its next meeting on Monday, October 30 at 7pm at Village Hall. The board will consider two dock applications. The meeting is open to the public.
Asharoken Holiday Party November 4

Asharoken's Holiday Party will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 7pm at the Northport Yacht Club. Tickets are $80 per person. Friends and family are all welcome, but space is limited. Call Carole Casamassima if you are interested in attending: 631-261-1895.
Board of Trustees Meeting November 14

The next regular meeting of the Board will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

The last meeting was held Tuesday, October 3. Click here to read the draft agenda for that meeting.

To view the full schedule of Board of Trustees meetings, click on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.

Except as otherwise noted, all Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY. Work session meetings are generally held in the afternoon. All meetings are open to the public.
September, October 2017 Meeting Minutes Online

The following meeting minutes of the Asharoken Board of Trustees are now online: Minutes are posted on this website as they become available. Contact the Village Clerk if you have any questions. Archived minutes, as well as the full Board of Trustees meeting schedule, can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 29, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

Let me start by saying that Linda and I would like to wish everyone celebrating Yom Kippur L'Shanah Tovah (Happy New Year).

Chief of Police Henry Brooks
 
Chief of Police Henry Brooks
This morning, the Village hosted a memorial service for former Chief of Police Henry Brooks. He started in the police department in 1964 and retired in 1992. He served as Chief for over fifteen years.

Today's service was attended by Henry's family, former Police Commissioner George Ayer, officers from the Suffolk County Police Department, the Northport Police Department and former and present members of the Asharoken Police Department. The service shed much light onto how special a person Henry was. He served the Village with distinction and was responsible for laying the foundation for the incredible force we have today.

It truly was an honor and pleasure to have known and worked with Henry.

Have a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 18, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Seawall before repair
 
Seawall before repair
Last Friday, with the incredible assistance of Peter Gunther, TOH Superintendent of Highways, and members of the Highway Department, the Village completed the emergency remediation of the sinkhole at the Bevin Road Seawall. Following the instructions of the USACOE, the cap stones that had collapsed into the hole were carefully removed, approximately 1,400 sandbags were placed in the hole, clean upland sand was placed over the bags to create the proper grade, and the cap stones were replaced.

The USACOE is hoping that the sandbags will act as a plug and prevent the embankment material from being pulled out from under the sheet steel which originally led to the sinkhole. The first test of the repair will take place during the next couple of days with the waves from tropical storm Jose.

This repair is a stopgap measure and frankly there is no assurance that it will work. We will just have to wait and see how it holds up under real-world conditions.

I want to take a moment to thank Superintendent Pete Gunther for the terrific job he did. Less than two hours after the Village received the DEC permit to commence the project his crew was here and working.

Sinkhole filled with 1,400 sandbags
 
Sinkhole filled with 1,400 sandbags
Sinkhole repair completed
 
Sinkhole repair completed
In preparation, Pete already had the sandbags picked up, pre-filled and staged at the TOH highway depot so they were ready to go at a moment's notice. He was determined to get the work done prior to any effects from Jose. The support from the TOH for the residents of Asharoken and Eaton's Neck is really appreciated. I would also like to thank Trustee/Police Commissioner Mel Ettinger for spending the day at the site supervising the project.

Tropical storm Jose will bring moderate to gale-force northeast winds and higher than normal tides for the next few days. Tropical storm conditions are also possible. The best way to keep informed in real-time about road conditions and other storm news is to follow the Village on Twitter at @Asharokenny and visit our website asharoken.com. This can be particularly helpful if you live past the seawall.

Sincerely,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

Carter Bench

September 14, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Asharoken Police Officer-in-Charge, Ray Mahdesian, was honored for his exceptional record of public service at the 9/11 memorial ceremony that was held last Saturday at Crab Meadow Beach. Northport Mayor George Doll, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini and Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca were also recognized. Each received a flag that was flown at the 9/11 memorial located at Ground Zero.

Congratulations to Ray for this very well-deserved honor. We all know how dedicated Ray is to the Village and what a fantastic job he does leading our police department. It is nice that the communities beyond Asharoken have the opportunity to recognize Officer Ray Mahdesian's long time public service. Thanks again Ray for always being there for Asharoken.

New check valve installed on Asharoken Avenue
The Village recently had installed a custom made in-line check valve into a pipe that runs from two catch basins on Asharoken Avenue into a leaching pool behind Village Hall. In the past the roadway became flooded during exceptional high tide surges from Northport Bay. Installing this newly designed check valve will prevent the backflow of bay water on to our roadway.

Enjoy your weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica





Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 12, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

On Friday, September 8, the Village hosted an emergency planning meeting to review the Village's response to a major storm and a possible breach of Asharoken Avenue. Trustee/Police Commissioner Mel Ettinger, Village Emergency Manager Bill Raisch, Officer- in- Charge Ray Mahdesian, Storm Water Superintendent Avrum Golub and I were joined by: Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Deputy Supervisor Pat Delcol, TOH Emergency Manager Betty Walsh, TOH Highway Supervisor Pete Gunther, TOH Maritime Director Ed Carr, USCG Senior Chief Tony Martinez, Northport Fire Department Chief’s John Jacobsen and Dennis Sheridan, Eaton’s Neck Fire Department representative Larry Cavanagh, Huntington Harbor Master’s Office, USACOE, Suffolk FRES (Fire Rescue Emergency and Safety), Suffolk County Police Department Second Precinct and Homeland Security Emergency Services.

Bill Raisch led the discussion, which began with planning for a coordinated response commencing 72 hours prior to the event and proceeding through the actual response. The spirit of cooperation and common concern for the safety of the residents of Asharoken and Eaton's Neck was remarkable. Without a doubt, this meeting put the Village and Town in a much better position to respond to a serious storm.

The value of a meeting, like the one we had last Friday, is exemplified by what happened in the Village after Superstorm Sandy. In 1992 the Village had a very bad nor'easter which buried much of Asharoken Avenue in sand and telephone poles. A lack of a plan to respond to this type of event caused the road to be closed for over 3 days. Fast forward to August 2012, when again under the leadership of Bill Raisch, I hosted a meeting to plan for exactly the same type of event. When Sandy hit in October 2012 the same stretch of Asharoken Avenue was similarly rendered impassible by sand and poles. But unlike 1992 the road was reopened by noon of the day after Sandy. Planning really makes a big difference.

With the recent impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma I encourage all residents in the Village and Eaton's Neck to plan for a serious storm. It is important to think about what supplies you may want to have on hand and in the unlikely need to evacuate a place to go. Staying safe should be your only priority.

Regards,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

September 1, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

On Friday, August 25 the Village hosted a meeting with the US Army Corps of Engineers, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and elected officials from all levels of government to begin the process of fixing the failing sea wall. Deputy Mayor Pam Pierce and I were joined by Congressman Tom Suozzi, NYS Assemblyman Andy Raia, Town of Huntington Deputy Supervisor Pat Delcol, TOH Assemblywoman Tracey Edwards, TOH Assemblyman Mark Cuthbertson, ACOE NY District Commander Col. Tom Asbery and NYS DEC head of Coastal Management Sue McCormick. I would like to thank them for coming to the site for the inspection. The meeting was very productive and an excellent first step towards a resolution of the seawall issues.
Left to right: Assemblyman Raia, Councilwoman Edwards, Mayor Letica,
                         Colonel Asbery, Congressman Suozzi and Councilman Cuthbertson.
Photo: Pam Pierce
Left to right: Assemblyman Raia, Councilwoman Edwards, Mayor Letica, Colonel Asbery, Congressman Suozzi and Councilman Cuthbertson.
The consensus was that the sinkhole needs an emergency repair to stop it from enlarging and that in the long term the sea wall will need to be rebuilt. The Village is partnering closely with the ACOE and the Town of Huntington to formulate and implement the short-term solution to the sinkhole. I have to commend the ACOE for working in such an extremely cooperative way with the Village. As more information on both fronts develop I will keep you informed.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very happy Labor Day Weekend. Please keep in mind that schools open next week. School children and buses will be back on the roads so please drive with extra caution.

Have a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Carter Bench Reinstalled at Village Hall

Carter Bench
In July of 2000, long-time resident Tony Wenderoth donated the Carter Bench to the Village. The bench survived Super Storm Sandy and was dismantled and preserved during the demolition of our old Village Hall.

Last week the bench was reinstalled and now faces our pristine view of Northport Harbor.

Thank you again Tony for your donation back in 2000; the Carter Bench now sits beautifully on the front lawn.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

August 18, 2017

Dear Neighbors: I am saddened to report the passing of former Asharoken Police Department Officer-in-Charge Henry Brooks. Henry served with distinction as an Officer in the department for many years prior to his promotion to OIC. He was instrumental in helping make the APD such a fine police force and his mentorship of the Village’s present OIC, Ray Mahdesian, made for a seamless transition at the time of Henry’s retirement. Thank you Henry for your dedication to the residents of Asharoken. On behalf of the Village I send my condolences out to the Brook’s family.

The Village will be replacing the check valve in the storm water drain pipe located behind Village Hall. The new in-line check valve is designed to prevent salt water from entering the storm water drain pipe during astronomically high tides and storms to prevent back flooding of Asharoken Avenue. The new in-line check valve is easy to maintain and has worked well in other municipalities. The project will begin in the next several weeks.

In 2016 the Village applied for a highway improvement grant through Senator Marcellino’s Office. This week the Village received confirmation that Asharoken has been awarded a DASNY grant of $50,000 through New York State. The Village also received confirmation of its portion of the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding for 2017-2018. Both the grant and CHIPS funding will be used to repave a portion of Asharoken Avenue; the fourth phase of our highway improvement project. Our plan is to do the project this fall. I would like to thank New York State Senator Carl Marcellino for all his assistance with the DASNY grant for Asharoken.

Over the last five years the Village has received approximately $1,400,000 in Federal, State and other aid allowing Asharoken to dramatically improve its infrastructure while keeping tax increases at very low levels.

I wish everyone a great weekend.

Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

August 8, 2017

During the Board of Trustees meeting held on August 1, the Mayor's report included information that I felt was important enough to share with the entire Village. This information pertains to the seawall which is located at the far end of Asharoken Avenue. For those of you who are new to the Village, the seawall was constructed and completed in 1995 to 1997 by the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). The construction took place after the Nor’easter of 1992 that destroyed the dunes protecting Asharoken Avenue. The design level of protection was expected to be approximately 15 years. It was repaired three times between 2007 through 2012.

In early June, during our periodic inspection of the seawall, we noticed that towards the center of the seawall a large depression (sinkhole) was developing landward of the seawall. We immediately reported the condition and sent photos to the NYSDEC and USACE. This new development could potentially be a very serious problem and jeopardize the entire seawall. In spite of the NYSDEC’s best efforts, the Army Corps of Engineers did not follow up with an inspection in June or even early July. I sent a second notification in the form of a letter dated July 15 directly to the new Commander of the New York District Office of the USACE, Colonel Asbery. I explained our concern for the safety and well-being of several thousand Asharoken and Town of Huntington residents and enumerated the consequences of the potential failure of the seawall, and asked that the USACE evaluate the situation as soon possible. Click here to read a the full letter.

Congressman Tom Suozzi received a copy of the July 15 letter. I also reached out to the Congressman by phone and he immediately contacted the USACE. His intervention was critical in getting the USACE to schedule an inspection of the seawall by two engineers on July 27th. Congressman Suozzi has discussed with me how important it is to find a long-term solution to the seawall and that he will strongly advocate on behalf of everyone who depends on it. In April one of the steel caps separated from the seawall during a storm. I notified the Congressman and he immediately organized a large meeting in May with the Town of Huntington, USACE, NYSDEC, Coast Guard and other agencies to begin working towards a plan to repair the wall. There is no doubt that resolving the seawall problem is a top priority for Congressman Suozzi.

The engineer's preliminary summary of the situation was that the depression (sinkhole) is likely to progressively enlarge; the cause of the seawall damage is due to severe erosion of the shoreline fronting the seawall and the engineers recommend re-construction of the seawall and shoreline erosion control measures. Later this month a full scale inspection will take place. I will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Regards,
Mayor Greg Letica

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